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(Updated    January 22 2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.10 billion (1100 million)
Mobiles    1080 million 
Landlines: 20. million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  168 million
(wired: 19 million;   wireless : 149 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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  Kill that fake news!
Messaging app Flock introduces a tool that sniffs out and warns you when you receive a piece of fake news Bangalore, January 23 2016: In its latest iteration, the Indian talent-fueled team messaging and collaboration platform Flock,    has added a Fake News Detector (FND). ....
Different strokes for different PC folks!
The PC  comes in new forms and shapes Bangalore, January 23 2017: Four months ago,  a leading technology analyst sounded  a stark warning: personal computer makers   faced a stark choice  between drastically overhauling their businesses or  losing the PC market by 2020. ....
Need to look beyond spectrum scarcity, to the future 5G world
Honolulu, Hawaii,  January  19 2017: Against the background of  the recent sale of telecom spectrum in India, the remarks of Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance,  may be pertinent. ...
NetApp launches startup programme as it moves into new Bangalore facility
Announces the first startup accelerator programme from its newly opened campus in Bangalore From V. Sudhakshina Bangalore, January 18 2017: Data management and storage solutions  leader , NetApp has opened a new global centre of excellence in Whitefield, Bangalore. ...
AI is key to revenue growth, finds Infosys study
Davos, Switzerland, January 18, 2017: Infosys  has released  a  study based on multinational research findings on artificial intelligence (AI) business impact, market maturity and expectations, which shows a sharp correlation between organization’s revenue growth and its AI maturity. ...

Education and e-learning
IET announces 2017 scholarship winners
Bangalore, January 12, 2017: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET),  has announced the winners of its prestigious Scholarship Award in general and women category respectively.  Himal Agrawal from IIT Kharagpur and Roshni Chabbra from BITS Pilani Campus won the award in general and women category respectively. ....
Finding the right tutor for your kid
WONK is a  tutor discovery and booking app that helps locate tutors  either for personal or group tuition in your area. Bangalore, November 30 2016:  Tuition is  an inevitable part of the  schooling years -- but finding a good tutor for your child is not always easy. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Chat your way to a holiday!
Bangalore, January 22 0217: Live chat and   artificial intelligence are the next big things in travel today.  And an Indian app  has   combined the two  with your mobile  device to offer a  compelling   online tool  to search, discover and book worldwide hotels, flights, curated itineraries and activities. ....
Mobiles are the key to travel business, finds EyeForTravel study
Bangalore, January 18 2017: Most travellers today have a mobile or a tablet to help with the planning, search and the on trip experience.  How are  travel brands  leveraging these tools to make sure their connected traveller has the best possible experience? Here are results of a survey by EyeForTravel  to get a market perspective,  from 164 travel experts in the travel industry to see what they thought about this reinvention of travel. ....

PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. The app offers a list of various surgeries and hospitals that can perform them. ....
From iWave comes a Make-in-India healthcare platform for OEMs
Bangalore, December 1 2016: The many uses of IoT  in healthcare are changing business in the  medical industry through mobile medical applications, wearable devices, telehealth systems etc. Patients can  capture their health data and hospitals can use IoT to keep track of the location of medical devices, personnel, patients etc. ....
Philips underlines challenges of healthcare
Bangalore, November 24 2016: Philips innovation Campus, successfully organized their second digital healthcare conclave. ...

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ASUS ROG GL 502: Carry on gaming
Bangalore, January 22 2017: ASUS showcased its full line up of 6 gaming notebooks in the Republic of Gamers (ROG) family at the CES show in Las Vegas, earlier this month. The ROG Strix GL502 that I have been trying out, actually came to India in late 2016. ....
iBall Compbook i360: Classy, affordable, convertible
The  iBall Compbook i360,  is a Windows 10 touch screen  portable that morphs into a tablet Bangalore, January 162017: Once you decide that the user doesn't need large on board storage  or alternate drives   like DVD, when on the move, you have unshackled the laptop PC  from many design constraints. ....
Gionee P7: Budget Beauty!
The Gionee P7   woos   the budget buyer  with its good looks and premium design Bangalore, January 11 2017: Mobile phones these days aren’t just functional gadgets, but they are also a lifestyle device. ...

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  Siddipet to be first cashless arena, in Telangana
T-Wallets to be launched soon From Leela Rani D Hyderabad, December 16 : Get pro-active to ensure the benefits of the re-organization of the districts in the state reach to those intended, said the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, at the Collectors’ Conference held at Pragathi Bhavan, Telangana earlier this week. ....
Grocery app Goodbox, connect other businesses as well in Bangalore
Bangalore, September 27 2016: Goodbox is a  grocery shopping app for Bangalore that has many local grocery stores & supermarkets online that you can buy from directly. You can buy your groceries online by going through over 10,000 grocery items in the MRP checker. ....
IBM & Amdocs will share digital solutions at CEM Telecoms Summit
Singapore, September 22, 2016: Top digital solutions providers, IBM & Amdocs will be sharing innovative digital solutions for telecoms operators to deliver excellent services to their consumer and enterprise customers at Customer Experience Management (CEM) in Telecoms World Summit 2016 which will be held  on Octobe 20 and 21 in Singapore. ...
Epson launches lampless laser projectors
Bangalore, September 20 2016:  Epson, the No.1 projector brand,  has launched its new EB-L1000 series projector based on laser source. ...
Cyber Security Exchange Asia event to feature key regional experts
September 10 2016: The Cyber Security Exchange Asia 2016 conference is scheduled to  take place on the November27-29,  2016 in Phuket, Thailand. ...

IT people
  Karan Bawa is IBM India MD
New Delhi,  Jan 4 2017: IBM  has announced the appointment of Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of IBM India, succeeding Vanitha Narayanan who is appointed as Chairman of IBM India.  Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. ....
Purnima Menon joins Microland as Chief Marketing Officer
Bangalore, December 19, 2016: Microland (), the leading Hybrid IT Infrastructure Service Provider,  has  announced the appointment of Purnima Menon as Chief Marketing Officer.   Based out of Microland’s corporate headquarters in Bangalore Purnima will be responsible for all marketing functions including global business, strategic marketing, sales enablement and corporate communications to drive demand and growth for Microland. ....
Damon Xi to head UCWeb operations in India as General Manager
New Delhi, December 19, 2016: UCWeb, an Alibaba Mobile Business Group Company, has  announced the appointment of Damon Xi as the General Manager for UCWeb India. ...

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Demonetisation move declares all Indians as possible crooks, unless they can establish otherwise, says Amartya Sen
Bharat Ratna and Nobel laureate, Professor Amartya Sen, who is currently Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University spoke to The Indian Express on demonetisation and said, that both, the idea and the way it was implemented, was akin to a “despotic action” and betrayed the “authoritarian nature of the government”.  INDIAN  EXPRESS  Nov. 26 21016

Why the Vast Majority of Women in India Will Never Own a Smartphone
Technology, promoted as a social equalizer, is having the opposite effect in one of the world’s largest markets......Air conditioners, washing machines, cable television. Balbir, a retired cook, has embraced them all. But there is one innovation that isn’t welcome in his home: the smartphone.Mr. Balbir, who goes by one name, can afford one. They sell for less than $50 in India these days. But he fears the freedom that comes with them could lead his daughters astray.  Wall St. Journal October 13 2016

Spectrum auction: If you thought telcos were restrained, think again
Results of the recenty-conclude spectrum auction show that telecom firms like Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, and now Reliance Jio, continue to spend vast resources in buying spectrum. ...India’s wireless services industry has acquired quite a reputation for unrestrained bidding in spectrum auctions. Even though spectrum in the 700 (megahertz) MHz band was ridiculously priced, there were fears that someone might take the government’s bait. The fact that 700MHz spectrum was left untouched has understandably led to a sigh of relief.....Live MINT October 10 2016


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